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The official weigh-in for the Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson rematch card will take place today at 4PM in the Caesars Atlantic City Lobby. This event is open to the public. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
The official weigh-in for the Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez vs. Ramon “El Principe” Garcia card will take place today at the “Finish Line Sports Grill” located adjacent to the Fairplex in Pomona. (2201 N. White Ave, Pomona, CA 91768) The weigh-in is scheduled for 2pm, with the fighters arriving by 1pm. This event is open to the public. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“It was of course hard to negotiate with such an experienced and shrewd boxing businessman like Don King but I’m happy to announce that a WBC cruiserweight fight between defending champion Krzysztof “Diablo ” Włodarczyk (46-2, 33 KO) and #1 WBC ranked mandatory challenger Francisco “Wizard” Palacios (21-1, 13 KO) will happen again in Poland,” said “Diablo” promoter Andrzej Wasilewski from 12rounds KnockOut Promotions. “Right now we are working on the possible fight date, but of course the most important fact is that the fight will be again in Poland,” added the Polish promoter.
The first fight between Włodarczyk and Palacios happened on April 2 last year, ending after an uninspired 12-round bout with controversial split decision for the hometown favorite. For the rematch, both the titleholder Włodarczyk and Puerto Rico’s Palacios are promising that the judges will not be needed and their rematch will end in the knockout.
Former Ultimate Fighter finalist Michael Johnson is focused on moving up the lightweight rankings in 2012. If everything goes as planned, he’ll end the year on the cusp of being a contender . . . Click here for more by E. Spencer Kyle, UFC.com
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Photo: Alma Montiel
WBC silver super lightweight titleholder Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (24-0-1, 20 KOs) was nearly finished in the twelfth round by Javier Prieto (16-7, 11 KOs), but managed to survive until the final bell to retain his belt by split decision on Thursday night at the at the Expo Bancomer de Santa Fe in Mexico City. Scores were 115-113, 115-112 for Ortiz, 115-113 for Prieto.
Unbeaten bantamweight Tomoki Kameda (23-0, 15 KOs), from the famous Kameda boxing clan, won the WBC silver belt when previously unbeaten Jairo Hernandez (8-1, 4 KOs) didn’t come out for round eleven.
Former world champion Juan Urango (23-3-1, 17 KOs) returned from a two-year layoff to score a second round KO over Cristian “El Yaqui” Chavez (24-19, 12 KOs) in a welterweight bout. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In a crowded media press conference for Mexican and International media, world champions Elio Rojas and Jhonny Gonzalez declared are ready to fight on Saturday at the Grand Oasis Cancun Arena for the WBC world featherweight title.
Jhonny Gonzalez: “I feel good for this fight. I’m the champion now. I won it in Japan and have made three defenses. I hope Rojas stands and fights and give a great fight for the good of boxing. Rojas came to Mexico, but I would have gone anywhere to fight and defend my crown. It’s time to prove myself ready for great things in this division.”
Elio Rojas: “I came here to get my belt. After an injury to my right hand [the title] went into the hands of the Japanese Hasegawa and now in the hands of Gonzalez. I am a great fighter and trained very hard for this fight. I feel good, I’m focused and will fight every minute like it was the first of the fight. I am sure to return to the Dominican Republic with my world title.” (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
All six fighters participating on tonight’s ShoBox card made weight on their first attempts Thursday at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.
Tommy Oosthuizen 169 vs. Marcus Johnson 169.5
Luis Del Valle 123 vs. Christopher Martin 123
Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza 131.5 vs. Gil Garcia 132.25
What the fighters said Thursday:
Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen: “Marcus might be hungry for a win but that doesn’t mean I’ve lost my hunger. The hunger comes from both sides and I’m still hungry to destroy whatever comes my way. I had a great camp in South Africa and I’m peaking at the right time. I feel sensational. Good luck to Team Johnson but I’m here to do a job.”
Marcus “Too Much” Johnson: “I guarantee you’ll see a totally different ‘Too Much’ tomorrow night. Winning tomorrow night’s fight would mean everything for me and my family. That’s why I’m here. A win tomorrow is going to change my family’s life. So I have to knock this guy off his pedestal.” (more…)
In an IBF flyweight eliminator for the #2 spot, Panamanian Ricardo “Matematico” Nunez (24-2, 20 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over former world champion Carlos “El Olympico” Tamara (22-7-1, 16 KOs) on Thursday night at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
WBC #14 Takuya Kogawa (19-2, 10 KOs), 112, kept his Japanese flyweight belt as he kept throwing pit-a-pat punches without precision and was awarded a debatable unanimous decision (96-95, 97-94 and 97-93) over lazy but more effective Tetsuma Hayashi (18-2-1, 6 KOs), 112, over ten rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.
Though entering spring, it was so heavily raining and was so unusually cold that this reporter at first became reluctant to go and see the national title bout at the Hall, but dared cover it since the Japanese belt was on the line. I should have stayed at home, drinking hot sake. It was only a disappointment to watch the lousy bout where the champ kept hitting the air and the challenger being lazy. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Omar Sheika (32-11, 21 KOs) will face off against Yusaf Mack (29-4-2, 17 KOs) for the USBA Light heavyweight title in hopes of continuing his quest to become a world champion. At 35 years old, Sheika knows his time is now, but he feels the light heavyweight division is his for the taking. It all starts though with a victory over Yusaf Mack on Friday night, which will not be an easy task to accomplish.
Mack has tested some of the best in the world, including the likes of former world champions Glen Johnson, Tavoris Cloud and has beaten former USBA light heavyweight titleholder Otis Griffin. Sheika also has taken on some of the greatest in the world such as ex-champs Roy Jones Jr, Joe Calzaghe and Markus Beyer and seems to have the nod in experience. The Patterson, New Jersey resident is confident that he has the style and game plan to defeat Mack. (more…)
Things are so tense leading up to Saturday’s grudge rematch between WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson, that they didn’t even try to hold the standard fight week press conference. Hopkins and Dawson, however, did host a media roundtable to discuss their showdown at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Also on hand were heavyweights Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell and Chazz Witherspoon, who collide in the HBO opener.
Bernard Hopkins: “I’m a throwback. I live in a time where it is so microwavable that there is no time to cook, season, chop or marinate any more. I’m the last of a dying [expletive] breed. They were calling me old when I beat Trinidad 11 years ago. I have proven who I am. The reason I’m here is because Dawson didn’t do what he should have against Pascal. My biggest motivation has been adversity. I don’t drink or smoke and if some is drinking or smoking around me I get up. It’s called discipline. This fight all you hear is ‘Chad is bigger. Chad is stronger.’ Not that he is more talented.”
Chad Dawson: “It all depends on how Bernard comes in the ring. If he comes to fight, that is great. If he comes to lie down like he did last time, then I feel sorry for the people that bought tickets or are going to watch on HBO. The first fight wasn’t a long fight, but in the two rounds that it was, I was the one trying to press the fight. I was trying to make the action. Bernard just backed up the whole time and didn’t try to make the fight. I think people saw the difference between the size and the strength. It wasn’t many punches landed, but I did land a good right hand in the first round and he found out that night that I was serious. I have taken criticism in the past that I wasn’t in the best of shape, but that night I was all there. Mentally, physically, I was all there.
“If Bernard comes to fight and he wants to give the fans what they are looking for, and then let’s fight. I am here to fight and finish off what should have happened the first time we fought. I was supposed to be crowned light heavyweight champion. Last fight, he had no fire in his eyes. I could look at him from across the ring and I saw he didn’t want to be there that night. (more…)
Weights for Friday night’s unprecedented clash of four undefeated fighters on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights being promoted by Roy Jones, Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions at the Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, are:
Ismayl Sillakh NABF Light Heavyweight Champion (17-0, 14 KOs) — 175 lbs.
Denis Grachev (11-0-1, 7 KOs) — 174 lbs.
Yuandale Evans (16-0, 12 KOs) – 127.25 lbs.
Javier Fortuna (18-0, 13 KOs) – 128 lbs.*
*Fortuna initially weighed in at 129.5 lbs. but was able to lose 1.5 lbs. to make the contracted catchweight of 128 lbs. within the 2 hour time limit under the Texas Commission rules.
Yusaf Mack 174 vs. Omar Sheika 175
(USBA Light Heavyweight Title)
Derrick Webster 165.5 vs. Sabou Ballagou 170
Thomas LaManna 158 vs. Sean Wilson 160
Juan Rodriguez Jr. 146 vs. Daniel Crabtree 147
Alando Swain 157.5 vs. Wilkins Santago 157.5
Stivens Bujac 199 vs. Livin Castillo 201
Anthony Young 144 vs. Jose Javier Calderon 143
David Roman Curiel 154 vs. Dominique Foster 157.5
Venue: Resorts Casino
Promoters: Nedals Promotions & Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing
1st bell: 7pm
WBO middleweight world champion Dmitry Pirog (19-0, 15 KOs) will make his third defense of the title against WBO #11 rated Nobuhiro Ishida (24-7-2, 9 KOs) on May 1, at Sport Complex Krylatskoe in Moscow, Russia. May 1 (a Tuesday) is “Spring and Labor Day” in Russia, an official holiday.
Pirog is coming off a 10th-round TKO win against Gennady Martirosyan in his last fight on September 25. Ishida gets the title shot despite a shutout loss to Paul Williams on February 18.
A strong undercard has been announced for the May 12th “Island Assault 4: The Battle” pay-per-view-event, featuring Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria vs. Omar Nino Romero III, live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The completion of the Viloria-Romero trilogy, originally slated for March 31, was temporarily delayed because the Nevada State Athletic Commission prevented the WBO from sanctioning the fight due to unpaid penalties on Romero’s part. From 2006, Romero has amassed a total of $11,500 in penalties which he needed to pay before the fight is sanctioned.
The 10-round co-feature matches a pair of former world champions, Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (37-6-1, 29 KOs) and Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol (30-5-2, 22 KOs), in a 10-round bout with future world flyweight title fight implications. Miranda, rated #3 by the WBO and #4 by the WBA, is a Mexican knockout artist who dropped his WBO title last year to Viloria. WBC #9/IBF #12 Mayol, a Filipino now living in Los Angeles, lost his WBC Light Flyweight crown, ironically, to Romero in 2010. (more…)
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an exciting pro boxing card featuring undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, on Saturday night, May 5 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Light middleweight contender Andrade (16-0, 11 KOs) faces The Contender, Season Two participant Rudy Cisneros (12-3, 11 KOs) in the 10-round main event, which will air live (10-11 PM/ET) as an ESPN Boxing: FNF Special Edition. After the live boxing concludes, fans in attendance will have the added enjoyment of watching a closed circuit showing of the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto fight on Mohegan Sun Arena’s jumbo screen. (more…)
By Alex Hermann
Former European champion Mads Larsen (51-3, 38 KO) will be back in the ring on June 2, when he takes on Italien Lorenzo Di Giacomo (41-6-1, 19 KO) in Herning, Denmark.
“It’s great to be back,” Larsen said. “I am in perfect shape after all the grueling training with those German coaches. The fire is still burning inside me and I know that I can still compete at the top level. June 2 will be the first step. Di Giacomo is a tough guy, he has proven his class in recent fights, but to reach the top again, I will have to find a way past him.”
Larsen, 39 years old, has been out of the ring since January 2010, when he was stopped by Brian Magee after a terrible performance in a fight for the European title. (more…)
Walter Johnson and B. Hairston Promotions returns live professional boxing to Greensboro, NC on May 4. The card will take place at the FantaCity International Community Ballroom located at 4925 West Market Street. The main event features former NABF cruiserweight champion Daniel Judah (23-9, 9 KOs), who is also the brother of superstar Zab Judah, taking on tough and ready Tiwon Taylor (31-19, 22 KOs). The feature bouts feature Greensboro’s own lightweight Richard Rivers (8-0, 4 KOs) taking on veteran Shawn Lockhart (10-10, 3 KOs). The other feature bout pits undefeated welterweight Cecil McCalla (14-0, 7 KOs) against Ike Ezeji (14-7). (more…)
The WBC Board of Governors has voted to approve placing WBC super middleweight world champion Andre Ward as “Champion in Recess” until the time that he has recovered from a broken hand and is ready to resume his career.
The Board of Governors has also accepted to sanction the fight between #1 ranked Anthony Dirrell and #3 ranked Nikola Sjekloca for the WBC super middleweight world championship.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov, photo by K2 Promotion
Today WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) held a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine to formally announce his July 7 rematch against Tony Thompson at the Stade de Suisse Stadium, Berne, Switzerland “I’ve already knocked out Thompson four years ago,” said Klitschko. “I promise to do it again. Remembering that fight with him for me it was an ordeal, Tony showed good boxing, but I was better. Four years later, I’ve gotten better.”
All boxing fans interested in the question of how long Wladimir will to stay on top heavyweight division. “I feel the strength and motivation to be in professional boxing 3-4 more years. I think I can still improve my boxing and delight my millions of fans all over Ukraine.” (more…)
With Alfonso Gomez forced to withdraw from his scheduled May 5 bout against undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas (18-0, 9 KOs) on the “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” pay-per-view undercard due to a back injury, the call went out for someone willing to step up and face the unbeaten rising star on short notice. Former World Champion Steve “2 Pounds” Forbes (35-10, 11 KOs) answered the call without hesitation, ready to step into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to face Vargas in a 10-round welterweight bout.
On May 4th, veteran Dhafir “No Fear” Smith (25-22-7, 4 KOs) has stepped in for the injured Tommy Karpency and will face Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante (12-3, 7 KOs) for the Pennsylvania State Light Heavyweight championship at Harrahs in Chester, Pennsylvania. Smith holds a win over former IBF Super Middleweight champ Jeff Lacy. Ferrante is coming off a ten round loss to former four time world title challenger Omar Sheika in what many are hailing as one of the best fights in Pennsylvania in recent years. The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing.
The Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley, Jr. World Welterweight Championship pay-per-view undercard on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will feature undefeated #1 welterweight contender Mike Jones battling two-time world champion and current #2 contender Randall Bailey For the vacant IBF welterweight title; undefeated WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux defending his title against world-rated Teon Kennedy, and multi-division world champion and Méxican icon Jorge “Travieso” Arce, in his first fight in a Las Vegas ring in more than one year, taking on Puerto Rican knockout artist Jesus Rojas in a 10-round junior featherweight fight.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Stoyan Vassev
“I would like to beat Bernard Hopkins for the championship, but it will probably not happen and I would have to fight Chad Dawson who is the favorite to win a WBC belt this Saturday. But I also know that I have to look good this Friday to prove to all fans that I belong in the light heavyweight elite,” said #2 WBC ranked light heavyweight Ismayl Sillakh (17-0, 14 KOs), who will look to prove his worth and talent against undefeated Russian Dennis Gratchev (11-0, 7 KOs) on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights from Austin, Texas. (more…)
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute talks about invading hostile territory to fight Super Six finalist and mandatory challenger Carl Froch at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England on May 26.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
World champions Jhonny Gonzalez, Elio Rojas and Juan Carlos Salgado conducted a public workout for fans and the press on Wednesday in the center of the city of Cancun, Mexico. Before about 4,000 boxing fans all main participants showed their skills and physical condition for their fights this Saturday to be held in Cancun’s Grand Oasis Arena.
“I feel really good. I’m on the weight and now nothing but wait for the first minute of the fight. I am prepared to give a great fight and advance in search of better opponents and opportunities,” says Gonzalez. The opinions of boxing experts vary for the Rojas-Gonzalez fight, but Gonzalez’ activity in the last 2 years as opposed to Rojas who has been out with an injury. (more…)
Photo: German Villasenor/Top Rank
One of the best boxers in the world, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua, will take on Raul “Principe” Garcia of Mexico this Saturday in the main event of a boxing card presented by Top Rank and Showdown Promotions at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California. Gonzalez will defend his WBA 108-pound title against the former world champion Garcia of La Paz, Baja California, Mexico.
“This is only my second fight in the United States and I want to give a good fight for the fans”, said Gonzalez, today.
Garcia, who is the brother of another former champion Raul Garcia, is looking forward to the challenge. “I know Gonzalez is a great fighter with a lot of power, but I am a good boxer and my style will give him trouble. This is a good fight for both us to show the fans what great fights the little guys can give them,” said Garcia. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz / Team Adamek
“Roger Bloodworth, my trainer, arrived in New Jersey 24 hours later than planned because of airport delays but we know each other well enough, so I knew what to do in the gym,” said heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 KO), who on Tuesday started his final training camp before how June 16 fight against Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KO) in Newark’s “Prudential Center”, televised live by NBC Sports Network.
“We decided to stay in Jersey City. I know that Eddie is from Philadelphia, has a lot of friends here, but I will advise not to play with my trainer and sneak into the gym when we will work. Roger is a nice guy, until… he’s not so nice,” said laughing “Góral.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Everything is ready for the WBA XXV KO Drugs Festival this Saturday at the Rafael Romero Bolivar Gym in Maracay, Venezuela. Venezuelan WBA super flyweight interim champion Liborio Soliss and WBA interim female featherweight beltholder and top model Ogleidis “La Niña” Suárez will be making the first defenses of their belts against Santiago Acosta and Pamela Benavidez. In addition, another model will see action in Venezuelan Alys “China” Sanchez and the prospect Ismael Sanchez Barroso. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
“When Cotto or any fighter looks at my UStream workouts, they have to say “I can’t watch this.” It will throw their focus off if they watch how hard I work. There’s no fighter that’s dedicated like I’m dedicated. I have the will to win.”
“I’m the reason why they don’t talk about heavyweights anymore.”
“I don’t worry about the (Pacquiao) fight not happening. If it was really all about Pacquiao then i wouldn’t have had to fight 42 other opponents. I’d just fight Pacquiao and become the greatest in the world. But it isn’t just about Pacquiao. It’s about everyone I’ve fought.”
“Manny Pacquiao has done a lot in the sport but he should also be standing behind me to clean up the sport.”
“I try to turn a negative into a positive. When I see my family, my team and fans support me it’s motivation. Going to jail can only make me mentally stronger. This is just an obstacle. Everyone has their good and bad days.”
This Friday night at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, Omar Sheika battles Yusaf Mack for the USBA light heavyweight title, but before the main event, Nedal’s Boxing Promotions and Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing has put together a massive 11 bout undercard that will feature no less than seven undefeated fighters.
In the eight round co-feature, Super Middleweight, Derrick “Take it to bank” Webster (12-0, 7 KOs) of Glassboro, NJ takes on Sabou Ballagou (8-4, 3 KOs) of Paris, France. (more…)
Video: Union Boxing Promotion
WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) and former IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) show their skills with some padwork. Paulie also speaks to the media (translated by Michael Bash). Senchenko and Malignaggi clash Sunday at Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine. Presented by Union Boxing Promotion, the championship fight card is being distributed LIVE in the United States by Integrated Sports Media at 1:00 PM/ET – 10:00 AM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVNfor a suggested retail price of $29.95.
By Francisco Salazar
Junior lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo will fight Juan Ruiz in a 10 round bout on May 12th, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez confirmed to Fightnews.com Wednesday morning. The bout will take place at the Community Senior Center in Woodland, CA, located about 20 miles outside of Sacramento. Escobedo will return to the same venue where he knocked out Lonnie Smith in the first round of his last bout on March 3rd. Escobedo dropped Smith three times in route to getting the knockout victory at 2:20. Escobedo (25-3, 15 KOs), who was born and raised in Woodland, trains under Joel Diaz at Boys and Girls Club in the Southern California desert city of Indio. Should he come out victorious, Escobedo has been discussed as a possible opponent for junior lightweight world title belt holder Adrien Broner. That fight could possibly take place in late summer or early fall. (more…)
Video: Mary Ann Owen
Taken Tuesday at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas.
By Phil Doherty
If you ask most American boxing fans the names of the current top-ten heavyweights, some will mention the Klitschko brothers immediately, followed by…silence. The division’s visibility and popularity over the past decade has atrophied while other weight classes gained market share. It’s widely accepted this would all change with the emergence of an American heavyweight champion. At this point, many American fans would welcome an American challenger who could topple any of the fighters in the top-10 rankings.
One brave Florida-based fighter hopes to do just that tomorrow night in Russia. He is Jason “The Sensation” Gavern (21-9-4, 10 KO’s). Gavern tangles with the 6’8’’ Alexander Ustinov (26-0, 20 KOs) at the SportPalace in Kharkov, Ukraine on a Klitschko brothers’ K2 Promotions card for the vacant IBO InterContinental heavyweight belt. We caught up with Jason as he celebrated his 35th birthday and made final preparations for the big fight yesterday. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Antonio Margarito will fight Abel Perry in a 10 round junior middleweight bout on May 26th, manager Sergio Diaz told Fightnews.com Wednesday morning. The bout will headline a Top Rank Live card that will take place at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ. Diaz said the card will televised on Spanish-language Azteca America.
Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs) is hoping to rebound from his 10th round stoppage loss to Miguel Cotto on December 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York City. That bout was a rematch of their July 2008 bout that Margarito won by technical knockout in the 11th round. The victory over Cotto has put Margarito been under a cloud of suspicion due to whether he may or may not have used doctored handwraps. An illegal substance was found under the hand wraps prior to Margarito stepping inside the ring against Shane Mosley six months later. Margarito would lose to Mosley by technical knockout in the ninth round.
Diaz also went on to say that Margarito will train in Tijuana for this fight and not at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard. (more…)
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